Alec Hamilton

Associate Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

City Hall Rally in Solidarity with Public Workers

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The cold air didn't dampen the spirits of the many protesters who showed up in front of City Hall Saturday for a rally in support of public employee unions in Wisconsin. Organized by, the rally drew public workers from around the region who expressed concern that the proposed legislation by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was part of a larger national trend that threatened workers everywhere. 

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) drew loud cheers when he took the stage, proclaiming “Ladies and gentlemen my name is Anthony Wiener and I am a Wisconsin union worker, as all of us are today!”



Haley Barbour: A Force From the South

Friday, February 25, 2011

Don’t let Haley Barbour fool you. 

Though he may refer to himself as “a fat redneck,” though he’s got a charming Mississippi country-boy drawl, though his white hair, apple cheeks and twinkly eyes may make you think of Santa Claus, the man is a perspicacious politician. Barbour spent Presidents Day in Iowa, meeting with state Republican Party officials and lawmakers in the state that serves as the presidential election starting gate.


Mitch Daniels: The Anti-Palin

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mitch Daniels is feeling popular these days. 

Not only does he have an ad starring New York’s own Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan, but conservative columnist George Will has predicted that he holds potentially great appeal to conservative voters as the anti-Obama. “If they’re disappointed with Mr. Obama, then a short, balding, unimpressive, uncharismatic, competent governor might be just the key,” Will wrote.


Mitt Romney: Turnaround Artist

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mitt Romney is a man who has held multiple positions on the issues—sometimes on the same issue. In 2008, his campaign aides had a term they preferred for him: a "turnaround" artist. They were referring to his track record in reviving struggling businesses, but one could be forgiven for assuming it applies to his stance on social issues.

Romney has several things going for him which make him a likely contender in the upcoming elections. For one, he has money — lots of it.


All for One? The Relationship of Public and Private Unions

Friday, February 25, 2011

Unions represent workers, and there are upsides and downsides to that.

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Lessons from the Crisis: Ask the Chairman

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I will tell you this, if unemployment stays high, if for the foreclosure trend in this country stays steady, it will be a consistent drag and of course these all have ripple effects… all these are continuing threats both to the economy and the financial system. I don’t think we’re out of the woods by any means at this point in time.

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Chairman Phil Angelides on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The State of the Street: DiNapoli Reports on Financial Pay

Thursday, February 24, 2011

[W]e’re trying to move forward as a society, so from my point of view, the right for workers generally — whether public or private — to be organized and have collective bargaining, is part of a progressive view of where a democracy should be headed.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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What the House Resolution Cuts

Saturday, February 19, 2011

After debating all week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.1 by a vote of 235-189 on Saturday morning. To address the $1.3 trillion deficit, House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican majority have offered this resolution, which intends to cut $100 billion in six months, an amount consistant with the number mentioned in the Republican's Pledge to America during the midterm campaigns.

While the resolution still needs to pass the Senate and be signed off on by the president to become law, the House Republicans are drawing a strong line in the sand, while a government shutdown looms if an agreement is not reached by March 4.

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Bloomberg's Budget and Beyond

Friday, February 18, 2011

[W]orking parents, who have a job and need that subsidized daycare in order to be able to go to work, they might as well hand in their pink slips now.

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Huckabee Charm Offensive

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mike Huckabee is something of a renaissance man. 

Not only did he serve as Governor of Arkansas for a full decade, not only did he run for president last time around (and come in first in the Iowa caucus), and not only is he one of the emerging contenders for the 2012 presidential race. He also plays bass in a rock band, has created a 12-step weight-loss program, runs marathons, was named Man of the Year by the American Sportsfishing Association in 1997, and knows how to cook squirrel in a popcorn popper. And, of course, he loves some Lynyrd Sknyrd.


Bahrain 101: Putting the Unrest in Context

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I think the US is going to everything it can to keep a distance on many levels... It doesn’t want to have the image of an outside force causing the disruption in any of these countries. I really think that they are on their own.

— Steve LeVine of "The Oil and the Glory" blog at Foreign Policy on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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New York and the New Budget

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It’s easy to demonize someone when they’re cutting, because it hurts. Everyone is screaming for cuts because we have to stop the spending. But they just don’t want their program cut. That’s the political nightmare, if you will, for someone who does want to stand up and do the right thing for the country.

— Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY13) on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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In the Name of Love: Political Power Couples

Monday, February 14, 2011


We talk a lot about how politics polarizes us, but sometimes it brings people together. When love seems impossible, even high-profile powerbrokers seem to manage. Pundits partner up with pundits (sometimes even with opposing views), lobbyists with lobbyists, governors with journalists, and presidents with senators – even if it gets a little sticky sometimes.

Here's a handful of some high profile political couples, for Valentines Day. Who would you add to the list?


McMillan Brings the Funk for Mitch Daniels

Friday, February 11, 2011

If it wasn’t charming and weird, well, it wouldn’t be Jimmy McMillan.

The perennial political candidate and smooth funk master Jimmy McMillan, of the “Rent is Too Damn High” party, now stars in an ad for another candidate eyeing a run: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

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The Donald: Trump in 2012?

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Donald might be ready for the big time. 

The billionaire and reality-show star flirted with a presidential run on Thursday, to much applause from a crowd of assembled conservatives gathered for the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference convention. He took the stage mugging and waving, his steps in time with the O’Jays “For the Love of Money.”

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Aftershocks of the Financial Crisis

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I believe we need to be much more aggressive in trying to help people who can make a level of payments stay in their homes… We have created a tangled web and I believe we need much more forceful action.

— Phil Angelides, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The False Hope of State Bankruptcy

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This is a problem endemic to politics — people without responsibility happy to go off saying things that are not going to work in practice.

— Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor at the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Israel Nervously Watches Egypt

Friday, February 04, 2011

It’s a nervous time for all the entire region for all of the current governments and given that Egypt is the cornerstone for Israel’s peace policy in the entire region, Israel’s probably the most nervous of them all, and I don’t think it’s going to something that’s going to be cleared up or resolved on the coming days. I think it’s going to be quite a long process.

— Sheera Frenkel, special correspondent in Jerusalem for McClatchy Newspapers on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Smoking Ban Makes Strange Bedfellows

Friday, February 04, 2011

We feel really strongly that all New Yorkers have a right to breathe clean air. The US Surgeon General said there is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke, and that is where we come from on this bill.

— Sheelah Feinberg from the New York City Coalition for a Smoke Free City on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Threat or Promise: The Role of the Muslim Brotherhood

Thursday, February 03, 2011

If I were an Iranian leader like Ahmadinejad and the mullahs, I would be terrified, because as we well know, in the last year or so Iran has witnessed a great deal of social upheaval, and the reverberations of [Egypt’s] upheaval in the Arab world could have tremendous, tremendous impact.

Fawaz Gerges, professor in Middle East and International Affairs at the London School of Economics on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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